Save Energy & Reduce Your Electric Bill

By: // On 30 November 2010 // in Lifestyle

Colder weather is upon us, which means it’s time for some new energy saving tips. Allegheny Power’s Watt Watchers program shared with the world their list of energy saving tips, guaranteed to keep your electricity bill at bay! The tips start with:

  1. Make sure your home is insulated to adequate standards—it’s the single most important step toward saving energy in your home. The easiest and most cost-effective way to insulate your home is to install additional insulation in the attic. If you have less than 6 or 7 inches, you can probably benefit by adding more.
  2. Install storm windows over single-pane windows or replace them with double-pane windows.
  3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows that leak air.
  4. When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. Open dampers allow warm air to escape—24 hours a day.
  5. Locate your heating thermostat correctly. Mount the thermostat five feet from the floor so that it can sense air that’s representative of the room’s temperature. Don’t locate thermostats on the inner surface of an outside wall, in corners, behind doors, in closets, near windows or by a heat source.
  6. Set your heating thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree over 68° F/20° Celsius can add three percent to the amount of energy needed for heating and each degree below 68° F/20° C can save about the same amount of energy.
  7. Reduce your annual heating costs even more by installing a programmable thermostat, setting it properly and maintaining energy-saving settings.
  8. Keep the overhead door of an attached garage closed to block cold air from infiltrating your house. Also, keep the connecting door to the house and heated basement closed.
  9. Make sure draperies and furniture do not block the heating registers in your house.
  10. Open draperies on south-facing windows on sunny winter days to take advantage of available solar heat.
  11. Use bath and kitchen exhaust fans only when needed during the heating season. Fans draw heated air out of your home.
  12. Check your furnace filter regularly and replace it as needed.

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